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Obama nominates Ashton Carter as new Secretary of Defense

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President Barack Obama announced Ashton Carter as his pick for the next Secretary of Defense.

Carter, former Deputy Secretary of Defense is nominated to replace out going Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The Philadelphia native who earned degrees in both physics and medieval history from Yale University, has served under 11 Defense secretaries. Although has not served in Congress or the armed services, supporters say his previous jobs — including stints in policy work and as the Pentagon's chief of technology and weapons-buying — have prepared him for the new job.

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